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Live Reporting

Michael Emons and Mantej Mann

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    That's it from us.

    Remember to join us tomorrow evening at 18:30 GMT for all of the build-up, and live text commentary from Wayne Rooney's farewell match, as England take on the USA at Wembley.

    Until next time...

    Wayne Rooney
  2. So what did we learn?

    England v USA (Thursday, 15 November 20:00 GMT)

    That's it from Gareth and Fabian: Here are the highlights:

    • Fabian Delph will captain England before Wayne Rooney will come on to take the armband
    • Rooney will wear number 10
    • He will be welcomed to the pitch by a guard of honour
    • Southgate is expected to hand several debuts to his newest recruits
    • Fabian Delph says the sky is the limit for 18-year-old Jadon Sancho
    • The boss says Harry Kane will have one eye on Rooney's goalscoring record
    Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane
  3. Rooney to captain England during farewell - read the report

    Wayne Rooney

    England's record goalscorer Wayne Rooney will captain the side and wear the number 10 shirt when he comes on to make his farewell appearance.

    Rooney, 33, retired from international football in 2017 but will win his 120th and final cap in a friendly against the United States at Wembley on Thursday.

    Fabian Delph will start the match as captain but will hand the armband to Rooney when the DC United striker comes on as a substitute in the second half.

    Rooney will also get a guard of honour.

  4. 'Expectations were high on Wayne'

    Southgate on Rooney's England career: "For the likes of Wayne and Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard, expectations were high and moments in huge matches didn’t quite go for them so history looks back on them differently. We had moments which we were on the right side of in the summer and we got to a semi final.

    "But those guys never ducked a challenge and they always came to play. I have huge respect for that because within a dressing room you know who those players are. That was always something that struck me with Wayne. I was on the bench in the game against Turkey at Sunderland.

    "At training in the week it was like 'who was this kid and why was he at training'? but by the end we knew Sven had to start him. He ran some experienced and aggressive defenders ragged. I found him to be a selfless player for club and country and he would run back so much for the team."

  5. 'You need top players to have a top team'

    Southgate on Kane's ability to beat Rooney's record: "We talk a lot to the players about setting their own standards and not limiting their dreams. You need top players to be able to have a top team but then there has to be a focus on the team as well to ensure everybody is pushing the standard.

    "We are now fifth in the world but we want to be number one. That jump from five to one might be harder than the jump from 15 to 5 but we want to be competitive and we are starting to win some of these big matches, and that is what we have to strive for."

  6. 'Sky the limit for Jadon'

    Fabian Delph is then asked about Jadon Sancho, who has impressed since leaving Manchester City and joining German side Borussia Dortmund.

    "I only spent one week with Jadon at City before he left and was very impressed," said Delph. "Seeing him this week he is very calm and very composed. I've sat back and thought 'we've got a special player', his timing, his decision making, he can adapt in different situations, he is very quick, very sharp so for him the sky is the limit.

    "We go into every game with a game plan and this is no different, we want to win the game. some people will be making their debut and it is a good opportunity for them."

    On whether Harry Kane can beat Wayne Rooney's England record of 53 goals, Delph adds: "H is very competitive, he will have one eye on that goal record Wayne has got and he will be doing everything to beat it. Going into the game, Harry will be wanting to get his goals to get one goal closer to Wayne's record."

  7. Southgate on the environment around the squad

    Southgate: "Players start playing football because it is fun and it has to remain fun because why else are we doing it? They want to be driven and pushed because they are elite players and deep down they want to be stretched.

    "Once they have worked and applied themselves they just want to relax and switch off. Last night they were watching the TV with a photo of Danny Welbeck beside it, which was great to see and we want to make sure we support him at a difficult time with his injury.

    "Whenever I meet up with the players that played in ’96, you don't have to speak about our bond because it is just there. That’s why we play, for the friendships and the memories. The environment these boys have created, is where that friendship and private moments are as much fun for them as the big wins they had in the summer and you can see they enjoy coming."

  8. 'Still hungry, still kicking people, still working hard'

    Fabian Delph: "Wazza off the pitch is amazing with the rest of the lads. He talks about his experiences, his ups and downs. He has trained this week and has been amazing, sharp as ever. He is a guy who always runs himself into the ground and this week has not been any different.

    "He will not be happy if he has not won. He has been very sharp. his variety of goals has been phenomenal, you can get an assist from anywhere on the pitch - his football brain is incredible.

    "From when I got into the squad, I've not seen any difference from then to now and that is amazing. He is exactly the same, still as hungry, still kicking people, still working hard and still Wayne Rooney."

  9. How things stand

    England v Croatia (Sunday, 18 November 14:00 GMT)

    England can still finish top, second, or bottom in their Nations League group.

    A lot of England's hopes depend on what happens when Croatia face Spain on Thursday. If Spain win that game, then England cannot top the group and go into the final section of the competition in June.

    However, if Spain fail to win, then an England victory over Croatia on Sunday, 18 November (14:00 GMT) would take them to next June's finals.

    Group A4
  10. 'I could see him going into coaching'

    Southgate: "Wayne's understanding of the game is top level so I could see him going into coaching.

    "Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker are bright minds so it's great to see those go into management because it's important that knowledge is not lost. You want people to understand the game and the level needed."

  11. 'Competition for places is really intense'

    Southgate: "I think we have put young players in whatever situation it has been. We played young players in the World Cup and in Seville last month so it doesn't really matter what the situation is. If the players are good enough we will play them.

    "That competition for places is really intense and we need that because the challenge since the World Cup has been embraced by the players and we have had some good results against some top teams."

    England manager Gareth Southgate at a news conference
  12. 'It will be a special night'

    England v United States (Thursday, 15 November, 20:00 GMT)

    Southgate: "We are England and every time we play we have to perform. It's about Wayne but it will be a special night because there will be some debuts. You don’t give the England captaincy to somebody unless they really have the attributes that can carry it.

    "Fabian was huge for the group in the summer and he was one of the reasons we were successful.

    "When you see players give everything, even when they are not starting, that is great. We will have some young players involved, but so too will America, who are in a period of transition so it will be a good test."

  13. 'Amazing having Wayne around'

    Fabian Delph: "It is amazing having Wayne around, we have a lot of young lads in the squad and they would have been watching him as a kid scoring lots of amazing goals, so to be sharing a pitch with him it gives you that extra boost.

    "Jadon Sancho is 18 years old, for him it must be absolutely amazing to have Wayne around. Wayne spends time with all the lads, and has given them all advice.

    "The sky is the limit for Jadon and he must be astonished to be standing on the same pitch as Wayne Rooney."

  14. 'Disappointing to see him have to defend his inclusion'

    Southgate is asked about criticism on the decision to include Wayne Rooney in his squad and says: "It's been disappointing to see him (Wayne) have to defend his inclusion. He is very different to run of the mill players like me who played for England. I spoke to the U15s last week and they are so early in their development but he was around the senior squad when he was 17.

    "I know a big regret for him was that the team didn’t get to where he wanted but when you look at the pressure he had to deal with individually, it is an incredible career.

    "Hopefully he has felt that warmth from all of us and I know the reaction of the supporters will be very special to him."

  15. 'Absolutely amazing playing for England'

    Fabian Delph is asked if he has ever disliked playing for England. He says: "I'm fortunate enough to have thoroughly enjoyed played for England.

    "Under Roy Hodgson I had a good spell and under Gareth it has been absolutely amazing and I cant ever wait to meet up and get my teeth into what the gaffer wants us to do.

    "Wayne has had five different managers, so his experiences are wider than mine but for me personally I've never had the feeling of not enjoying playing for England."

    Gareth Southgate and Fabian Delph at England news conference
  16. Get Involved


    Matt Wilkinson: How can Fabian Delph, who can’t get in the City team, not only play for, but captain England? How is this moving forward?

  17. 'Rooney wearing 10 is a fitting tribute'

    Southgate: "Fabian is captain tomorrow night. The players are very keen that Wayne wears the number 10 and we believe that is a fitting tribute.

    "We have spoken about doing things our own way over the lats two years and we have a lot of respect for our former players.

    "We have the shirt for this moment in time but we have to honour it and make sure it is passed to the next generation in a good place."